Practices

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)


SCRIPTURE: Immersing ourselves in Scripture using the ancient way of reading and listening known as lectio divina. Entering into Scripture as a community by either practicing lectio divina together and/or by sharing the fruit of our individual practice with at least a few others in our community.

Engaging in other learning that helps us grow in our relationship with Jesus and/or understanding of Scripture, our culture, and world. Sharing our learning in some way with others.


PRAYER: Communicating and communing with God throughout the day by praying the Daily Office (morning, midday, and evening prayer) and actively seeking opportunities to do this with others in our community and relational realms.

Pausing for a few moments at the end of each day to reflect on God’s presence and working in all areas of our lives. Listening to God by spending time in silence, intentionally setting aside a period of time each week to enter into the stillness and silence and be with God.


SERVICE: Opening our eyes and ears and hearts to our community and world, learning about the needs of those in our community and world by listening and asking questions. Making meaningful connections with people in our community and learning about the world through television, the internet, print magazines or newspapers, etc.

Actively seeking opportunities to do the “most ordinary” of tasks for those in our community and relational realms. Asking for and receiving help from others. Discovering a justice or compassion cause that enflames our heart and passionately pursuing it through prayer, education, action, and/or donation. Inviting others to join us.


EXAMEN: Slowing down and taking time for “gentle noticing” (in the spirit of humility and grace) around our Five Ways of Being the People of God. Journaling our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes.

Naming and confessing our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ. May also feel led to confess to others, maybe a spiritual friend or someone we have sinned against.


SABBATH: Getting enough sleep each night, allowing time for the Spirit of God to work in us and with us, renewing and recreating us to receive the gift of a new day.

Setting apart and observing a Sabbath day each week. Resting from our work and engaging in activities which bring us joy and delight. Worshiping and reflecting on God’s goodness and greatness.


SOLITUDE AND COMMUNITY: Creating space to be present with God in solitude. Pulling away from human relationships for a time in order to give God our undivided attention. Desiring to experience God as the One in whom we live and move and have our being.

Creating space to be present with others. Entering into practices together and partnering in God’s mission together. Believing God’s heart is for community and sharing life together as a people God is forming and shaping and sending out in the name of Jesus. Creating space for spiritual friendships. Recognizing that within the larger community of faith, there will be a few with whom we will be more open and vulnerable. Encouraging each person to foster and nurture a few of these deeper relationships.